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Trion Rising (Shadowside Trilogy V1) [Paperback]

By Robert Elmer (Author)
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Fifteen-year-old Orianon lives a happy life with her wealthy family on the bright side of the planet Corista until the arrival of Jesmet, a music teacher whose new ideas cause him to be labeled an enemy and banished to the dark side of the planet.

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What would it be like if Jesus had come to another planet? Oriannon is living the good life on the bright side of Corista, a small planet circling three suns. But things get crazy for the teen when a new music teacher arrives at her school with strange songs and even stranger ideas. Soon Oriannon is pressured to spy on her teacher, Jesmet, by using her powers to record everything she sees and hears. Could Jesmet really be a faithbreaker, like Oriannon's friend Margus says? She's not so sure, but her life is turned upside-down when she loses her way on the dark side of the planet and is taken in by an odd, cliff-dwelling people. And when her new friends face a deadly threat, can the once self-centered Oriannon follow her heart. . . and save half the planet? Program Summary Field: Those who live in lush comfort on the bright side of the small planet Corista have plundered the water resources of Shadowside for centuries, ignoring the existence of Shadowside s inhabitants, who are nothing more than animals. Or so the Brightsiders have been taught. It will take a special young woman to expose the truth---and to help avert the war that is sure to follow."

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Zondervan
Pages   342
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.54" Height: 1.01"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 8, 2008
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
Age  13-16
Series  Shadowside Trilogy  
Series Number  1  
ISBN  0310714214  
ISBN13  9780310714217  
UPC  025986714215  

Availability  0 units.

More About Robert Elmer

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Robert Elmer lives in the Seattle area with his wife and their little white dog, Farragut, who is named for the famous admiral. He is the author of over fifty books, most of them for younger readers (but some for grown-ups, as well). He enjoys sailing in the San Juan Islands, exploring the Pacific Northwest with his wife, and spending time with their three kids - along with a growing number of little grandkids.

Robert Elmer currently resides in the state of Washington.

Robert Elmer has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Case For... Kids
  2. Quiet Times for the Heart
  3. Wall

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Brave New World  Dec 13, 2008
Robert Elmer is a truly talented author, equally comfortable with tender adult fiction and creative youth science fiction. Trion Rising is the first book in The Shadowside Trilogy, his latest youth science fiction. With the same creative flair as The Pilgrim's Progress and Hind's Feet on High Places, Elmer's allegorical world will attract all ages.

Oriannon Hightower lives a comfortable life on the bright side of Corista. She only questions the rules and standards when she and her friend Margus are talking. When her father forbids her to remain friends with the boy because he isn't in their Class, Oriannon begins to question a little more. Then Jesmet comes to the school to teach music. His music, songs, and ideas are strange, beautiful, and dangerous. They go against everything she has ever been taught. But somehow they make sense. When she dares to stand up against the leadership of Corista, she finds herself running for her life and lost on the dark side of the planet. There she meets the people she was always told were animals and discovers a love that dwells in the heart and guides and protects even when disaster threatens. Oriannon must choose between tradition and what she knows is true of the cliff-dwelling people to save an entire nation and maybe her mentor, Jesmet.

Robert Elmer created a new world, new civilizations, new and old situations and brought the age-old battle between tradition and change into the story. Then, he added a special man who knew the heart of people to show them love and life. Sound familiar? This book is a great read. It will captivate youth who long for science fiction, fantasy worlds, and unique characters. And bring truth into the heart of the readers as they travel the journey with Oriannon, Margus, and Jesmet. I highly recommend it and am now eager to start book two in the trilogy, The Owling.
Lev-scooters, ear buds, and stun batons!  Aug 29, 2008
Trion Rising is the first book in Robert Elmer's Shadowside trilogy. Oriannon Hightower of the Nyssa Clan is daughter to an elite member of Corista's ruling assembly. As such, she's always obeyed her father and the Codex, which is Elmer's Bible for his fictional world. But when a new music teacher, Master Jesmet, arrives and teaches them a new way to look at things, the assembly panics, banishing the so-called Faithbreaker for his law-breaking ways.

Oriannon follows Master Jesmet to Shadowside and meets the Owling people who live there. She's always been taught nothing but animals live on the dark side of Corista, where the city's water supply comes from, but now that she knows the Owling people, she must do all she can to stop the assembly from destroying the Owlings.

I enjoyed the unique analogies Elmer uses to tell this tale. Corista's modern conveniences make the story of Jesus easier to relate to for teens growing up in a world closer resembling one with reporters, lev-scooters, ear buds, and stun batons. Oriannon is a relatable character who makes a lot of good choices but is big enough to ask for forgiveness when she makes wrong ones.


Be sure to check out the sequel The Owling (Shadowside Trilogy, The).
Tons of Sci-fi, Action, and a Creative Retelling of the Gospel Story  Aug 7, 2008
Oriannon Hightower loves her life on the bright side of the planet Corsita. Her father's place on the ruling council has granted her a life of luxury, not to mention the recognition that comes with her special ability to remember everything with stark clarity. Soon a new teacher named Jesmet arrives at her school carrying a mysterious and charming air about him as he reveals hidden truths to Oriannon and her friends. The powers that be are quick to dub Jesmet a faithbreaker and they banish him to the dark side of the planet, known as Shadowside. Oriannon suddenly feels compelled to follow Jesmet to Shadowside and the truth she discovers there will shatter everything she has been led to believe. The clock is ticking and Oriannon must find a way to clear Jesmet's name and save the innocent people of Shadowside from imminent destruction.

Trion Rising is a fun beginning to Robert Elmer's Shadowside Trilogy. Elmer graces the reader with tons of sci-fi elements that give this story a fresh and unique feel throughout. There's also plenty of action to go around as Oriannon and her friends consistently find ways to get themselves involved in mischievous activities.

Besides the sci-fi and action, Elmer has also brought us a creative retelling of the gospel story. Fans young and old alike will be challenged by the spiritual themes found here. Elements of hope, sacrifice, and redemption are clearly on display here and never seem forced or manufactured. Trion Rising is a young adult novel, but I would highly recommend it to readers of all ages who love sci-fi tales laced with strong spiritual truth.
A great read!  Jun 22, 2008
(Posted for my 15 year old son)

Trion Rising is the story of Oriannon, a girl who lives on Corista, a planet with three moons. She lives a normal life on the Brightside, until her new music teacher arrives with stories and music from the Shadowside. Oriannon is pressed to spy on her new music teacher, Jesmet. But Jesmet is not what he seems, and certainly not what the Elders think he is.

Trion Rising was a good book filled with surprising twists. When I began reading this book I found myself looking through the eyes of a normal teenage girl with the ability of perfect memory. I could feel the emotions and see the area around the character throughout the story. Also, the world was designed well and I felt I knew where everything was placed. This is a good read and well worth the time spent.
One of the best Sci-Fi books I've ever read  Jun 16, 2008
I'm actually posting this review for my fifteen year old daughter, who just finished reading this book. So without further ado, here is her review of Trion Rising.

Trion Rising tells the story of Oriannon Hightower of Nyssa. She is the daughter of one of the respected elders of Corista. She also seems to be a magnet for trouble. Only trouble of her own doing. Along comes the substitute music teacher who teaches his students, including Oriannon, to play from the soul. But the teacher's unorthodox teachings grab bad attention from the elders who believe his teaching goes against the code they live by. It goes against the Codex, a sacred book with instructions from the Maker. Oriannon feels that the Elders have been unfair to their teacher, Jesmet. But it takes a trip to the Shadowlands, and friendships in that land to show Oriannon that perhaps the people of Corista, though they follow the Codex, are only going through the motions. She figures out that just like she plays her instrument from the soul, her devotion to following the Maker's instructions, lain down in the Codex, should be the same. And that is what Jesmet has been teaching the whole time.

This book is one of the best sci-fi books I've read. And I'll say I've read quite a few. Robert Elmer's creativity brings a completely different world into view, but you can still identify with the characters and situations. Of course, they've also got some pretty sweet gadgets to help them out!

Besides all that, Elmer has brought into the story the message of salvation. But it's not only a message to non believers. Elmer shows Christ's unfailing love. It's not something that is just said but the actual emotion is shown in this book. Yes, we know Christ's love for us, or we wouldn't be able to say with assurance that one day we'll be in Heaven rejoicing in him. But sometimes God may seem impersonal, cold and distant to SOME people, instead of who He wants to be: a father and friend to you. Though Trion Rising is a fictionalized telling of Christ's sacrifice, I believed every bit of emotion to be true. And there is NO WAY anybody can read this book and not be touched. Believer and non-believer alike. It's a fun book to read with a great message. I give it a five out of five, or ten out of ten.


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